Re: use server as a pc
For a beginner, I wouldn't recommend it. I do use a server as a desktop machine, I would use this machine, but I'd also likely use a server os.
You're going to have huge trouble getting windows seven to run on that machine (there is likely no windows seven drivers for the backplane that connects the hdd to the main board.
I shouldn't worry too much about noise, a server is generally deafening when first turned on then they calm down when they realise that they aren't that hot. (But they will get noisy quickly if they get hot)
The exception to that would be an older server that just turns fans on!
This is a g1, the latest model is g7, so it might be noisy...
Also this is not ready to just plug in, this is a blade so you'd also need the blade chassis to put the blade into.
If you find a cheap blade chassis this could be a great way to start a small server farm, (at fifty bucks each it won't be hugely expensive to fill an 8 blade enclosure)
But then you still have other things to do, (like configure the blade switch)
The long and the short of it is...
Can you use a server as a desktop machine? -yes.
Should you...? -depends on experience and what you're willing to put up with
Can you run a desktop os? -probably not
Is $50 for this a good deal -yes (I believe so)
Will $50 get you a working machine that is ready to go? -no
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